100 Years Ago – 1917: Catching hold to the rear of an express wagon while roller skating will in all probability cost a 6-yearold, of Fourth and Reaney streets, Chester, his right leg. The accident occurred after the youngster lost his balance on West Fourth Street. The owner and driver of the wagon stopped his vehicle with all possible haste, but not quick enough to prevent serious injury to the boy.
75 Years Ago – 1942: A Springfield man reported to Chester police yesterday that he had left his tool chest at the Coco Hotel, Third and Market streets, Tuesday morning, and when he returned he was told that someone had called for it. Police added that the man had been drinking at the time he reported the loss. He valued the tools at $100.
50 Years Ago – 1967: The insurance industry proposed increases on automobile insurance premiums which would cost the average Delaware County policyholder more than $20 a year per car. The proposals were made by the National Bureau of Casualty Underwriters and the National Automobile Underwriters Association. The industry claims the upward adjustments are necessary because of the rising costs of traffic accidents in Pennsylvania.
25 Years Ago – 1992: Thirty-three radioactively contaminated site in Eastern Delaware County were placed on the EPA’s National Properties List yesterday, state and federal officials announced. Thirteen families were relocated last year after the EPA discovered that radioactive sand from the former W.K. Cummings warehouse at 30 S. Union Ave., Lansdowne, was used as building material in local homes. Inclusion on the list means that the EPA can begin formulating remedial plans for the 33 homes, said a regional EPA official.
10 Years Ago – 2007: About 150 people congregated at Chester City Hall Saturday to reminisce about the allure of the city’s past as part of the seventh annual Old Chester Pa. reunion. After seeing the Web site www. oldchesterpa.com up for a year, John Bullock, who had moved to North Carolina, decided he wanted to come up for a visit in 2001 and had been contacting people who had called Chester home. He thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun if we came together?” So, 28 people gathered at the Edgmont Diner and the attendance grew at the event Bullock has described as “like a class reunion, but not just your class age.”